The Road To Oatman

by eric 25. February 2012 18:17

I found the following describing the road Oatman:


“The narrow road heads out of town and up into the Black Mountains in a series of harrowing hairpin curves, with no guardrails or shoulders between you and the plunging desert terrain. It's not hard to imagine that many of Route 66's first roadtrippers felt the need to hire local sherpa-like drivers just to get them through to the other side. Long before the rest of Route 66 was decommissioned, this particular stretch of switchbacks was bypassed in the early 1950s.”


"Several places were dangerous: more than one part of the highway was nicknamed "Bloody 66" and gradually work was done to realign these segments to remove dangerous curves. However, one section just outside Oatman, Arizona (through the Black Mountains) was fraught with hairpin turns and was the steepest along the entire route, so much so that some early travelers, too frightened at the prospect of driving such a potentially dangerous road, hired locals to navigate the winding grade."


The Video makes it clear.


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